Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

October 18: Creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky – is that the Addams Family or the Nelson-Atkins? Find out for yourself at our Monster Mash!

Dressing up is encouraged. No face masks, heavy face paint, weapons (including costume weapons, weapon-like props, or any object deemed to be a safety risk), or excessively oversized costumes are permitted. Costumes may be subject to security screenings. The Museum may refuse entry to any visitor whose costume does not comply with these requirements.

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Monster Mash

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Yes You Are

Experience indie pop the way you never have before with local band Yes You Are!

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DJ Joe and Ice Kole

DJ Joe is more than a DJ, more than a Drummer, more than just your average party starter. Experience the fun for yourself!

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Photo Op

Silly props or scary props, we got them all! “Jump in the line” at our photo op before dancing the night away as you “shake, shake, shake, senora.”

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Pop-up Performance: Killer Tango

They’re baaaacccck! Redux Society is here to thrill us with a chiller of a Killer Tango. Stick around for a special surprise!

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Haunted History

Stop in at the Library and Archives table where we will be letting some of our more creepy things out of their boxes! A plaster hand reminiscent of Thing from the Addams Family, marionettes that may keep you up and night–come by and get a fright! You can also grab a guide to ghostly galleries and mysterious museum memorials, based on stories held in the Archives.

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Haunted Story Time

Stop in as local storyteller and musician Sterling Witt of Squeezebox Theatre spins spine-tingling tales in our 15th-century Italian courtyard. Kansas City’s oldest fountain dates back to 220 AD, originally part of Emperor Hadrian’s villa outside of Rome; you know that fountain has some spooky stories of its own.

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The Interns are IN!

Hear from some of our fall interns who will be stationed in various galleries ready to chat about artists and artworks in our collection. Grab a handout from a volunteer and follow our map to hear more!

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Drop-in Art Activity: Horror-themed Coloring Page

One of our favorite things about the season is the dizzying array of horror movie posters, both classic and contemporary. Put your own personal touch on one and take it home!

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96.5 The Buzz Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 96.5 The Buzz that could include concert tickets, music downloads and swag.

To enter, fill out a Third Thursday MadLib card at the art activity table. Add your name and number and we’ll text the winner at 8:30 pm (better respond quick before we move on to the next person!). Must be present to win.

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Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience!

BonaPARTAYYY

Pajama Jam